Thursday, October 7, 2010

Natural Cleaners ~ Fabric For Dish Cloths

Ever since I was a little girl I've been sensitive to harsh cleaners.  I remember being at my Grandma's after she had shampooed her carpets & not being able to go into the living room as I wouldn't be able to stop coughing.  At home it was different due to cost my Mom made most of her cleaners so she used more natural ingredients.  As an adult when I started working cleaning Hotel rooms I developed very bad allergic reaction to cleaners on my hands, this was very bad eczema that would weep, ooze & cause me a lot of pain.  It was in dealing with this very bad eczema I cut out as many commercial cleaners as I could.  I'm lucky in that my eczema on my hands has cleared totally right up, but I'm not going back.  I love my natural cleaners.  Yeah sure they cost less, but that's not the reason I use them, though it is a benefit.  I use them, because natural cleaners means fewer chemicals in my house.  I feel better using my natural cleaners due to Chris' asthma & allergies.  I have no problem asking Jeremy to spray down the kitchen counter, because what he's going to use isn't toxic or harmful.  Not to mention I believe they work just as well if not better than any commercial cleaner out there.  I also get a certain 'stick it to the man feeling' knowing that's something I don't HAVE to  I keep my cleaners very simple & easy to mix up, because who am I kidding for me it has to be simple or I won't do  Here are my very simple yet effective cleaners:
~ kitchen/general purpose cleaner ~ mixture of 50/50 water & white vinegar, two squirts of dish soap & about 10 drops of tea tree oil then put into spray bottle.
~ bath tub ~ just baking soda sprinkled onto a cloth & scrub works GREAT!
~ floors ~ very hot water, cup of vinegar & a squirt of dish soap
~ I also have norwex microfiber cloths that I love & work great on mirrors, but so does 50/50 water & vinegar
Let's Swap Your Scraps For Knitted Dish Cloths
I posted this yesterday Fabric for Dish Cloths please check it out. 


Annette said...

Great blog post...thanks for sharing!!!

karen said...

Hi Nice to meet you, thanks for visiting my blog. Arent vinegar and baking soda just the handiest! I use them for cleaning too. Thats awesome that theyve made your eczema go away! (more to the point its disturbing to know they caused it, makes me wonder how many other people put up with such conditions needlesly because of 'harmless' chemicals in products) I would love to send you some fabric pieces, I quilt too so im sure I have lots of great scraps that you could use my email is, let me know your address and ill have a sort through my fabrics tonight!

Crunchy Diva said...

Vinegar & baking soda ROCK! the number of things i've used baking soda for i'll have to write a post about

very merry vintage style said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog... I'll have to try these recipes.. would like to use more natural products for cleaning

Sarah said...

I feel the same way about natural cleaners. They're cheap, they work great, and they don't burn my eyes and nose. And I like sticking it to the man, too!

I like to clean my toilet with 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup borax. Let it soak an hour or two and then brush it out and flush. Always sparkling clean.

Crunchy Diva said...

@ Sarah ~ I'll have to try your toilet cleaner.